Cut Off Your Hands Profile

Stephen Heard
Published: 14 Jan 2014
Updated: 8 Apr 2020

Cut Off Your Hands are known for their brand of high-energy post-punk. Relentless touring saw them clock up countless frequent flyer miles and tear up stages alongside a who’s who of indie rock bands worldwide.

The departure of vocalist Djeisan Suskov from Auckland band Nova Echo led the remaining members to form The Shaky Hands.

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L to R: Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield, Nick Johnston, Jonathan Lee
Nick Johnston in the crowd
November, 2012
Nick Johnston from the Expectations video shoot
Cut off Your Hands: Hollow 18-7-11 Radio Wammo Show
Michael Ramirez from the Expectations video shoot
2009 Cut Off Your Hands tour schedule
L to R: Jonathan Lee, Brent Harris, Nick Johnston, Phil Hadfield
L to R: Phil Hadfield, Brent Harris, Nick Johnston, Michael Ramirez
Live @ The FADER/AT&T Sideshow 2007
L to R: Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield, Nick Johnston, Michael Ramirez
Still Fond
Oh Girl live at the VNZMAs 2008
Setlist from November 2012
Let's Get Out Of Here
Cut Off Your Hands - clockwise from top: Michael Ramirez, Nick Johnston, Phil Hadfield, Brent Harris
Nick Johnston
Recording at the Killing Rooms, Kingsland 2012
At the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards
Phil Hadfield from the Expectations video shoot
A poster from June 2011
Cut Off Your Hands
Cut Off Your Hands at SXSW, Texas 2009. L to R: Jonathan Lee, Nick Johnston, Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield.
Brent Harris from the Expectations video shoot
Turn Cold
Oh Girl - Live at Red Bull Studio
Cut Off Your Hands interview on NZOWN

Nick Johnston - vocals

Phillip Hadfield - bass

Michael Ramirez - guitar

Brent Harris - drums

Jonathan Lee - guitar

Elroy Finn - drums


The album artwork for Blue on Blue features braille translations for the band's name and the title.

The band has an ongoing relationship with Joel Kefali from music video production company Special Problems, who has produced all of the band’s music videos and artwork.


Speak N Spell

Frenchkiss Records